BORDER CROSSING. Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific
“Chroniclers bind the inner and outward history of isolated humanity, but travellers connect all humanity together” (Grace King)
This first SSAWW (Society for the Study of American Women Writers) conference in Europe will address the significance of border crossings in the lives and works of American women writers, be they expressed in travel writing, fiction or poetry. The conference theme invites participants to explore the broad spectrum of possibilities generated by such cross-cultural interactions, as well as the challenge consequently posed to literary canons. How has this experience affected women writers’ worldview and conception of language? To what extent do their modes of exploration differ from those of their male counterparts? How important were such contacts in allowing women writers to develop a consciousness of otherness and/or forge a community of feeling and experience transcending national and/or cultural barriers?